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Camping

Six campsites are available for Ken-Caryl Ranch residents and their guests in the Open Space. These beautiful, private campsites are available just outside your back door! The majority of the sites are primitive backcountry sites without restrooms or water.

Camping Rules

Campsite Reservations

Campsite Reservation Box at Dakota Lodge

  • All campsites (except Bradford Open Space) are free and on a first-come, first-served basis but must be reserved at the self-serve station located outside at the Dakota Lodge. At the self-serve station, enter your name, address, date, campsite, and permit number on the reservation sheet in the self-serve box. Make the permit visible at the campsite by hanging it on the post’s hook.
  • The Bradford Open Space can be reserved for $40 per 24-hour block of time. To use the fire pit, you must pick up a fire extinguisher at the Ranch House. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting Charleen Dowdell at charleend@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876.

For additional information, contact the Park Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170.

Campsite Map and Descriptions

Campsite Map: Click for Larger Image

Bradford Open Space: Private; for residents only. Mowed area behind the restored ruins of the Bradford Perley House, which was built in 1859. Sits within mixed grasslands and backs to a historic apple orchard. Dramatic red rock formations dominate the landscape.

Bradford Open Space: Private; for residents only. Mowed area behind the restored ruins of the Bradford Perley House, which was built in 1859. Sits within mixed grasslands and backs to a historic apple orchard. Dramatic red rock formations dominate the landscape.

 

Gothic Overlook: Clearings A or B near the east end of Gothic Overlook Trail. The site is dominated by Gambel oak and mountain mahogany shrubs with great views of the valley and all the way into Denver.

Gothic Overlook: Private; for residents only. Clearings A or B near the east end of Gothic Overlook Trail. The site is dominated by Gambel oak and mountain mahogany shrubs with great views of the valley and Denver.

Manor House: Clearings A or B south of the picnic shelter, or site C in front of the old corral in the meadow south of Little John’s Chimney Trail. (See map). Near the top of Manor House trail, this site is tucked between oaks and ponderosa pine on the edge of a meadow that fills with wildflowers in spring. Campers can view Mt. Evans to the NW on clear days.

North Hogback: East side of North Hogback Trail, 50' north of the picnic shelter. This campsite lies between the Dakota and Lyons Hogbacks in a valley with mixed grasses and occasional narrow-leaf yucca clusters.

North Hogback: Private; for residents only. East side of North Hogback Trail, 50′ north of the picnic shelter. This campsite lies between the Dakota and Lyons Hogbacks in a valley with mixed grasses and occasional narrow-leaf yucca clusters.

 

Silver Cliff: Clearing 50' south of Bradford Trail. One of the park’s more secluded offerings. With a covering of oak and mature Ponderosa pine, campers have a southeasterly facing view of the foothills and Pike National Forest beyond.

Silver Cliff: Private; for residents only. Clearing 50′ south of Bradford Trail. One of the park’s more secluded offerings. With a covering of oak and mature Ponderosa pine, campers have a southeasterly facing view of the foothills and Pike National Forest beyond.

 

Tin Cup: Clearing north of Bradford Trail, marked by a sign. The park’s highest campsite may take its name from a community on Colorado’s Western Slope. At more than 7,800 feet above sea level, Tin Cup affords spectacular views of the open space system.

Tin Cup: Private; for residents only. Clearing north of Bradford Trail, marked by a sign. The park’s highest campsite may take its name from a community on Colorado’s Western Slope. At more than 7,800 feet above sea level, Tin Cup has spectacular views of the open space.

 

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